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Director Of National Intelligence Dan Coats Appoints New Election Security Czar

By Philip Ewing
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6. On Friday he announced a new election security czar for the agency.

Spy world veteran Shelby Pierson will attempt to centralize election security efforts across the intelligence community with soon-to-be-designated agency leads.

(Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

  • July 19th 2019 at 21:21

An Imagined Future Speaks In 'Talking To Robots'

By Adam Frank
An imagined future speaks in David Ewing Duncan

If you want to see what that future might look like, David Ewing Duncan's book is a fun place to start; he envisions various bots based on interviews with scientists and engineers, among others.

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  • July 19th 2019 at 20:26

Game Mode: Video Game Accessibility

One game review website aims to keep conversations about accessibility alive until the industry becomes more inclusive.

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  • July 18th 2019 at 17:45

Game Mode: The Next Level

What does the future of gaming look like?

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  • July 18th 2019 at 17:06

Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?

By Malaka Gharib
With a mobile phone, Kenyans can send and receive money via a service called M-PESA. Now Facebook is entering the digital currency realm. The social media giant has helped develop a digital currency called Libra that plans to launch in 2020.

The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.

(Image credit: Nichole Sobecki for NPR)

  • July 19th 2019 at 19:30

Meet John Houbolt: He Figured Out How To Go To The Moon, But Few Were Listening

By Scott Neuman
American aerospace engineer John Houbolt as he stands at a chalkboard in July 1962 showing his lunar orbit rendezvous plan for landing astronauts on the moon.

In the early 1960s, NASA was considering three different ideas for landing a man on the lunar surface. Houbolt's plan ultimately won out despite concerns within NASA that it was too risky.

(Image credit: NASA/LARC/Bob Nye/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2019 at 14:00

Viral Russian-Created FaceApp Sparks Worry Over Privacy

NPR's Noel King talks to Geoffrey Fowler of "The Washington Post" who has done analysis on the Russian-created FaceApp that's gone viral for its ability to use photos to transform people's faces.

  • July 18th 2019 at 11:01

Democrats Issue Warnings Against Viral Russia-Based Face-Morphing App

By Emma Bowman
The viral face-transforming FaceApp climbed to the top of the App Store on Wednesday.

FaceApp's surge in popularity has driven Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for a federal investigation into the St. Petersburg-developed app over potential "national security and privacy risks" to Americans.

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  • July 18th 2019 at 05:44

Game Mode: Managing Producer Of Narrative, Randy Varnell

The script for Borderlands 2 contained around 500,000 lines of dialogue. Surprised?

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  • July 17th 2019 at 17:45

Game Mode: Work Hard, Play Hard

Will a unionization effort among game workers address workplace issues?

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  • July 17th 2019 at 17:05

EU Investigates If Amazon Hurts Competition By Using Sellers' Data

By Alina Selyukh
An Amazon warehouse in Leipzig, Germany. The European Union

The European Union's antitrust arm will evaluate Amazon's role as both a retailer and a marketplace for others. One focus will be on Amazon's use of data collected from third-party sellers.

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  • July 17th 2019 at 17:11

Yelp CEO Discusses His Efforts To Convince Congress That Google Is A Monopoly

As Congress holds hearings on tech giants, NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman about his efforts to convince Congress that Google is a monopoly.

  • July 16th 2019 at 23:16

Game Mode: Composer Inon Zur

"Fallout." "Dragon Age." "Prince of Persia." Behind these otherworldly games are intricate, otherwordly soundtracks. And behind those soundtracks is Emmy Award-winning composer is Inon Zur.

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  • July 16th 2019 at 17:45

Game Mode: Loot Boxes And The Law

Should the government regulate in-game purchases?

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  • July 16th 2019 at 17:06

GOP Puts Google Search On Trial In DC

By Amy Scott
A Senate subcommittee is looking to see if Google is keeping conservative media and bloggers out of top search results.

A Senate panel is looking to see if the company is keeping conservative media and bloggers out of top search results. Google has previously denied political bias.

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  • July 16th 2019 at 22:00

'Facebook Is Dangerous:' Firms In Hot Seat As Congress Probes Big Tech

By Aarti Shahani
U.S. lawmakers will question lobbyists and officials from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple on an array of issues.

Lawmakers in the Senate and House are questioning lobbyists and officials from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple on an array of issues, including whether they're so big they stifle competition.

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  • July 16th 2019 at 16:42

The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

By Rebecca Hersher
Container ships and other maritime vessels currently run on pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. The world

The shipping industry is starting to move away from pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. Scientists and private companies are betting on a clean replacement technology: hydrogen fuel cells.

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  • July 16th 2019 at 15:38

VIDEO: Move Objects With Your Mind? We're Getting There, With The Help Of An Armband

By Elise Hu
Our latest Future You episode demonstrates a brain-machine interface that reads your intentions so you can control digital — and physical — tech. The ambitious goal is to fundamentally change the way we operate our electronics: no longer with touch or voice, but with our thoughts.

You know "the Force" that binds all things — the one that can let your mind move objects? The latest Future You video demos an armband that allows users to control objects with thoughts.

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  • July 16th 2019 at 11:06

Congress' Power Struggle With Big Tech Will Be On Display At Hearings

By Aarti Shahani

There are three congressional hearings scheduled on Tuesday — each exploring the growing influence that a handful of tech companies have over billions of people.

  • July 16th 2019 at 11:06

News Brief: Trump Tweets, Asylum Rule, Big Tech Hearings

By Steve Inskeep

Trump doubles down on racist remarks directed at freshmen congresswomen of color. White House implements a new rule for asylum-seekers. And, big tech comes to Capitol Hill for congressional hearings.

  • July 16th 2019 at 11:06
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